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When everything goes right, adoption has a happy outcome. However, the rules are strict and any objection or wrinkle in the paperwork can delay or derail an adoption. With everything at stake, dependable legal counsel is crucial.
The Clinton adoption lawyers of The Cantrell Law Firm can handle all the legal aspects of adopting a child, whether you are bringing a new baby into your life or formalizing the bonds of your blended family. Our family attorneys handle adoptions in Clinton, Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and throughout East Tennessee.
We work to make adoptions to go smoothly. Contact us for a free consultation.
Lawyers Handling Stepparent Adoptions
If you have remarried, formal stepchild adoption transfers all the rights and obligations as if the stepchild were your natural born offspring. This includes legal custody, child support, inheritance rights and every facet of parenting.
Stepparent adoption requires termination of the parental rights of one of the child's natural parents. This may involve efforts to identify the biological father or to track down an absent parent. Ideally, the natural parent will voluntarily relinquish his or her rights. If necessary, we will represent you in an involuntary termination of parental rights proceeding to argue that the child's best interests would be served by severing those ties.
Private & Foreign Adoptions
We can help with the private adoption agreement and government paperwork if you have arranged to adopt a baby or young child. These cases must be handled very carefully so that the transition goes smoothly and the adoption is legally completed. We can address background checks, family medical history, monetary compensation to the birth mother and other important details.
Our Clinton adoption lawyers do not facilitate agency or international adoptions. However, if you have adopted a child from another country, we can help you "re-adopt" under the laws of Tennessee to provide additional legal protection in case the adoption is later challenged.
Experienced Attorneys Handing Adoption & Family Law Cases